Don’t fix it – no matter what
August 1, 2005
Dear Editor:The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) is the second largest public bus system in Colorado. The masses here do not have first class transit. This wealthy valley cannot afford the costs of improving its 22-year-old bus system. A $128 million dollar capital grant for brand new RFTA rapid transit buses may have its free lunch appeal but, speaking of costs, Congress has enough fiscal sense to avoid awarding annual grants to cover the costs of operating and managing mass transit in the U.S.A.Meanwhile, on Highway 82, the commuter crunch at the entrance to Aspen goes into gridlock in keeping with the city’s 36-year-old plan to limit auto traffic in the resort.The price of gasoline has gone sky high but locals continue to ignore the bus. They drive down Highway 82 and park for free while they shop at super markets and big box stores.Aspen’s historic transportation plan remains in play today because city officials continue to be convinced that common sense will prevail and people will give up driving and ride the bus. It’s city policy to say if common sense ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Be Brave Comrades. KNCB MooreSanta Barbara, Calif.